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Rene Plasencia stars in Airbnb promotional video

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Republican state Rep. Rene Plasencia and his family are starring in a new promotional internet video released Friday by the vacation rental home marketing giant Airbnb. The minute, 41-second video shows interviews with Plasencia, his wife Marucci Guzman, and their daughter, in scenes at vacation homes they have rented through Airbnb in Georgia and Tallahassee, as Plasencia and Guzman sing the praises of Airbnb. They talk about the price, convenience, and other advantages of renting lodging through Airbnb, rather than…

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Rick Scott not bothered by Jon Steverson’s departure

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Gov. Rick Scott suggested he wasn’t bothered by one of his agency heads overseeing the flow of millions of dollars to a law firm that he’s now going to work for. Scott spoke to reporters after Tuesday’s Florida Cabinet meeting. “We have people that come to work for the state and they work hard,” Scott told reporters. “And (then) they find opportunities. That’s just part of the process.” Jon Steverson, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, quit last Friday, reportedly…

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Days from inauguration, Donald Trump still owns/controls 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization

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President-elect Donald Trump pledged to step away from his family-owned international real estate development, property management and licensing business before taking office Jan. 20. With less than two weeks until his inauguration, he hasn’t stepped very far. Trump has canceled a handful of international deals and dissolved a few shell companies created for prospective investments. Still, he continues to own or control some 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization, creating a tangle of potential conflicts of interest without…

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Trial set to begin in Florida and Georgia’s fight over water

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Florida and Georgia this week are taking their long-standing fight over the supply of water in their shared watershed to court. Arguments are expected to last for weeks, and the result could affect millions of people and major industries in both states. The dispute centers on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. The watershed drains nearly 20,000 square miles in western Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Florida claims that Atlanta and southwest Georgia farmers are using too much water and…

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Defense leads Florida to victory over Georgia in annual rivalry

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The impressive defense of the Florida Gators bared its teeth again Saturday in their annual rivalry game against Georgia. The Gators held Georgia to only 21 yards rushing on 19 carries in a resounding 24-10 victory over the Bulldogs. For Florida coach Jim McElwain, it was a win over former co-coach Kirby Smart. The two coached together at Alabama. The Gators are second in the nation on defense, trailing only Michigan. “People pick this team apart quite a bit and…

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Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio returns home to face Georgia

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He grew up here, running across the turf, watching his father coach, learning about this game called football. Saturday, Luke Del Rio returns to Jacksonville. This time, he gets to play. Del Rio, the son of former Jaguars’ coach Jack Del Rio, brings his Florida Gators in to play against Georgia. Florida is 5-1 on the year and ranked No. 14 in the polls. Del Rio’s father coached his team in Everbank Stadium last week and won. “Hopefully, the Del…

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Rick Scott sends resources to three states to help in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

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Three Southern states hit hard by Hurricane Matthew will be getting a helping hand from Florida. Gov. Rick Scott announced the state is sending 18 semi-trucks filled with meal kits to six cities in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina impacted by Matthew. The meal kits will be sent to food banks, which will then distribute meals to families affected by the hurricane. “While Hurricane Matthew caused damage in Florida, we are blessed to not have the impacts and destruction…

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